‘He was hungry’ – Chelsea boss Lampard heaps praise on Christian Pulisic following Aston Villa win

Frank Lampard has this evening moved to lavish praise on Christian Pulisic, following the youngster’s goalscoring introduction off the bench versus Aston Villa.

Chelsea down Villa

The Blues made the trip to Villa Park earlier today, for their first outing following the resumption of top-flight football in England.

Lampard’s men entered proceedings sitting 4th in the Premier League table, and having been boosted by the 1-1 stalemate between Tottenham and Manchester United on Friday night.

This result meant that Chelsea were aware ahead of kick-off that a victory would see them move 5 points clear of the latter in the race for a Champions League berth.

And, when all was said and done, secure a key victory was exactly what the capital giants managed.

A hard-fought affair in Birmingham saw the visitors fight back from a goal down, to eventually emerge with a 2-1 win.

Kortney Hause gave Dean Smith’s hosts a shock lead just before the interval, when a momentary lapse at the back from Chelsea allowed a number of Villa’s players to slip in behind, to open the scoring against the run of play.

The Pensioners, though, soon fought back, with a 3-minute blitz just past the hour-mark having, in the end, proven the difference between the sides.

First, Christian Pulisic pulled Chelsea level, arriving at the back post to slot Cesar Azpilicueta’s superb delivery in off the underside of the crossbar.

And before Villa had time to settle, the away side made it two, when Olivier Giroud’s effort on the swivel took a huge deflection, leaving the wrong-footed Orjn Nyland with no chance.

Highlights: Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea